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So you can trust your disassembler and strace, but not your compiler? Your method is just vulnerable to another flavor of trusting-trust. What about the compiler that built your rev-eng and blackbox tools?



That is of course, not what I'm saying.

My original claim, that I stand beside, is that code audit-ability for security purposes is not a reason to prefer open source software. For all the reasons this thread points out, that is just as fraught as auditing closed source software. Further, a competent audit of the software would not look much different between open and closed source projects.

Absent a competent audit, there are lots of other factors that are higher on my (and many more knowledgeable peoples) lists for importance to security and privacy than open vs closed source. Things such as documented and approved algorithms, the team involved, the amount of legal backing, the market incentives etc.

That is not to say there aren't reasons to prefer non-Google based API or to prefer open sourced software for other reasons. Just security audit-ability is a bad one.


I don't think that you've fully appreciated the rebuttals to your position. Consider this: you audit your build toolchain and thereafter trust it not to manipulate your binaries. With this axiom in place, is it not true that it's easier to audit open source software (assuming it's built on a trusted toolchain) than proprietary software?


I don’t think you’ve understood the original premise. Suggesting that closed source software isn’t auditable Is laughable. No one who does software audits for a living supports that premise.


>Suggesting that closed source software isn’t auditable Is laughable

I never said that. Come on, dude.


I think I see the confusion. The post they first replied to said that, quite specifically. You were not that poster, however.




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